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Now it's Democrats turn

Georgia reporters, pundits, bloggers and political junkies are all trying to assess the meaning of the result of Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff, which Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss won by an unexpectedly large margin. Chambliss, who fell just short of 50 percent on Nov. 4, bested Democrat Jim Martin by 14 points.

December 23, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


How to forgive for clear cutting

My friend Cody Laird is so passionate about longleaf pine forests that his wife sometimes wishes she were a longleaf pine.

December 20, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Congress' job is to watch over presidents

I'm as interested as the next person in how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there's an important question that's been missing. It has to do not so much with the new president as with the new Congress, and it should be high on every citizen's list of concerns: Will Congress live up to its responsibility to exercise robust oversight over the new administration?

December 18, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Lobbyists will love Obama

Barack Obama promised the end of the era of lobbying as we know it during the campaign, but the National Marine Manufacturers Association didn't get the message. Nor did the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nor did anyone else who can make a case for getting any precious drops of the bailout money sloshing around Washington.

December 18, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Joy and sadness at holidays

"I hope you have a lonely Thanksgiving," Ken no-last-name e-mailed me last week. He said he was a supporter of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He was really mad at me for suggesting that old Sax might not be another Daniel Webster or Sam Nunn. I suppose Ken didn't read that I am betting a wad ($50) on his guy Saxby to win the runoff election against Democratic iron man "Boss Jim" Martin.

December 16, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Country buys $700 billion alarm clock

It was not Webvan or Pets.com this time. It was Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Wachovia. Gone or sold for pennies on the dollar. It was $700 billion - taxpayer dollars - rushed through Congress to avert the "greatest crisis of our time." What actually happened, and what can we learn from it?

December 13, 2008 | By Kelly McCutchen Columnist | Opinion


Let me introduce my superhero

December 1 is a special day on my calendar. It's the birthday of one of my heroes, a man I've admired since we met exactly a decade ago. He's a champion of rivers, conqueror of polluters and destroyers, defender of wild things, campaigner for justice.

December 13, 2008 | By Janisse Ray Columnist | Opinion


Clearing road to transparency

For any Georgians still wondering about the need to see what government is up to with their tax dollars, it's highlighted by a Cobb County's special election on extending a Special Local Option Sales Tax this fall. How special? Scheduled on an "off" day, it cost taxpayers $500,000 or so, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

December 11, 2008 | By Benita Dodd Columnist | Opinion


Infrastructure spending to nowhere

Democrats see the road to economic recovery, and it has been bulldozed, flattened out by a road grader and covered with pavement.

December 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


Do nothing formula for victory

The buzz is getting louder. Former Gov. Roy Barnes is said to be thinking of running again.

December 09, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Detroit comes begging

One of Barack Obama's acts of courage as a presidential candidate, his campaign maintained, was to give a speech in Detroit excoriating the auto industry for its carbon-emitting sins. Obama noted how the industry had long played "typical Washington politics" with an "army of lobbyists."

December 04, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


DOT boss hurting state work

The past week has seen new revelations in the ongoing saga of Gena Evans, nee Abraham, the woman whom Gov. Sonny Perdue put in charge of the state Department of Transportation. Perdue pushed Evans for the job supposedly to clean up a deeply troubled agency, which is facing a staggering funding shortfall in excess of $7 billion over the next six years for needed road construction and improvements. According to DOT's own estimate, its expected funding shortfall over the next 25-30 years is an almost incomprehensible $51 billion.

December 02, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


Congress should not defer agenda to president solely

Once he is sworn in on Jan. 20, our new president will command all eyes. After a long campaign during which he and his rival traded policy prescriptions and accusations about their respective flaws, the country will be anxious to see the White House's agenda. Congress, it seems safe to say, will be an afterthought, its views given weight only insofar as they might hinder or abet the president's plans.

November 27, 2008 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


End of free trade era

All hail the end of the Reagan era! That's the cry going up throughout liberaldom as the financial crisis and the Democratic electoral sweep threaten the Reaganite troika of deregulation, low taxes and free trade.

November 27, 2008 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Leftovers from the election

Unintended consequences: Sen. Saxby Chambliss would have won re-election without a runoff if his fellow Republicans in the Legislature had not messed with election rules in a misguided effort to help the GOP.

November 25, 2008 | By Bill Shipp Columnist | Opinion


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Planners see stable population for county

The Liberty County Planning Commission has been working on a new comprehensive plan for Liberty County and its municipalities for the past 18 months. During ...

September 02, 2015 | By Jeff Ricketson Guest columnist | Opinion


Magistrate court in state's 'small-claims court'

In 1983, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation creating a magistrate court in every county. Formerly, the magistrate court was called "the office of the ...

September 01, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Recycle It! Fair, Shred It! Day Sept. 12

It is time again for our quarterly Recycle It! fairs. The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m ...

September 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Southerners love nicknames

For some reason, Southerners - more than people in any other region - love nicknames. It's really a show of affection when we care enough to ...

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What about people who don't vote?

The campaigning for next year's elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which ...

August 28, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


What is childhood apraxia of speech?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech. Despite this awareness, this neuromotor condition remains poorly ...

August 28, 2015 | By Shaunita Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


State must ensure schools don't fail students

In 2016, Georgia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment creating an Opportunity School District (OSD), which would step in and ...

August 28, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion


Brian Robinson is more than just spokesman

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...

August 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Carter shows special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts ...

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


HomeProud Homes counter what broken windows bring

This month, we are accepting nominations for HomeProud Homes in Liberty County.

August 25, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


An introduction, Southern style

Back in the autumn - just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come - we took a Monday off ...

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerks created state authority for residents

Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code provides the process for lenders to secure loans on personal property (i.e., non-real-estate property) by filing with the clerk ...

August 24, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Midway neglecting historic trees

Editor, I think that I shall never see

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Free technical school education is great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational ...

August 20, 2015 | By State Rep. Terry England Guest columnist | Opinion


One of Georgia Tech's 'Lost Dodd Boys' reminisces

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do ...

August 20, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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